Dr. Karen Ocorr,
Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience and Aging Center at
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla
Dr. Karen Ocorr will talk about her fascinating experiments with fruit flies conducted aboard NASA’s International Space Station. The study explores the impact of weightlessness on the heart. Why fruit flies? Humans have a lot in common with them. Each fruit fly carries roughly 75% of disease-causing genes and a similar heart structure to us. Dr. Ocorr will explain how her fruit flies traveling in space are our partners in helping to uncover a route to therapeutics that can be used to prevent or treat human cardiovascular disorders, both in space and on earth!